Refugee returns to Afghanistan continue to climb, UN agency reports

As the political situation in Afghanistan stabilizes with the advent of its Interim Administration, the number of refugees returning to the country continues to swell, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said today.

Conflict in Liberia pushes Sierra Leonean refugees to return home, UN agency says

The intensifying conflict between anti-Government rebels and regular Liberian army troops, combined with reports of Liberian soldiers harassing refugees, has prompted a sharp increase in the number of Sierra Leoneans returning home, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

Donors pledge over $47 million to UN relief agency for Palestine refugees

Donor countries meeting at United Nations Headquarters in New York have pledged over $47 million for the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).

Sierra Leone: UN agency to begin first relocation of refugees to safe area

For the first time since the civil war began in Sierra Leone more than a decade ago, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) will start returning thousands of refugees to their original homes in a newly declared safe area of the country.

FYR of Macedonia: UNHCR warns of population displacement after recent clashes

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today warned of further population displacement in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia unless significant progress was urgently made in implementing the 13 August peace agreement.

UN agency concerned about fallout against refugees in aftermath of terror attacks

The United Nations refugee agency today expressed concern about the possible adverse fallout for refugees and asylum seekers in the aftermath of the 11 September terrorist attacks against the United States.

UN refugee agency reports sharp rise in number of Afghans crossing borders

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today reported a sharp rise in the number of Afghans fleeing across borders to neighbouring Pakistan.

UN refugee agency faces difficulties constructing camps in Pakistan

With the security situation in Pakistan posing serious obstacles to the humanitarian effort under way in the region, work on prospective refugee campsites in Quetta and Peshawar remained on hold for the third day in a row, the United Nations refugee agency said today.

Basic needs of refugee children still unmet, Annan says in new report

Despite progress in assisting refugee children separated from their families, the basic needs of many such youngsters remain unmet, according to a just released report by Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

Top UN refugee official cautions against linking asylum and terrorism

Stressing the need for continued international protection of refugees, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today urged governments to avoid making what he described as an "unwarranted" connection between asylum and terrorism in the aftermath of the recent attacks on the United States.